Sixteen year old Paige Turner (you read that correctly!) has been working at Bennett’s Bookshop for 2 months before recieving the news that in a month it’ll become another casualty of the high street. She decides to put her best activist foot forward in attempt to save it, but it won’t be easy in a small town like Greysworth. Along the way there will be boys, feminism, naked bodies and friendship!
Let’s face it. We all knew before I even started this book that I’d absolutely adore it. Call it a sixth sense. Or just the fact that I love books, so what could possibly be better than reading a book about books?
Why, Georgia, were you so eager to read this book, I may or may not hear you asking? Well. Recently the council where I live (bizzarely close to where this story is set!) decided to muck about with a good chunk of the areas libraries to suit the budget. Initially they were going to close a bunch down, but they decided to just significantly reduce their hours – for the time being, at least. What changed their minds? People petitioned and (peacefully) protested! There was an uproar once people heard about the decision the council had made, and while reduced hours isn’t ideal – it’s certainly better than libraries being closed for good! However these reduced hours do mean that I now struggle to visit my local library, and the book club I was/am part of is rather rocky on its feet.
Bookshop Girl has tonnes of personality. The characters are so full of life and the book as a whole is a breath of fresh air, and so relevant in a day where too many bookshops and libraries are closing down for one reason or another. It’s short and sweet and easily can be read in one sitting. I’m so pleased that feminism was brought up on various occasions, I felt it’s a very appropriate topic to weave into this book and the author went about it in a fun way.
Something I loved (I say that like I didn’t love everything about this book) was the unbreakable friendship between Paige and Holly, it’s really lovely to read – even if they did have a bicker! Paige herself is such a bubbly and bright character, I love that she’s determined and fights for what she believes in. I chuckled more than a few times because of things she would say or do, and her reactions towards a certain serious fittie, *cough* Blaine, were gold. And yes, I did feel smug when my guess about him was right. I can’t talk about this book without mentioning Sue, she was such a supportive and confident character and I’m a sucker for an unlikely friendship.
Very much to be expected but this gets 5 stars without a single doubt in my mind, and I am so excited for book two! Thank you so much to the publisher Hot Key Books (Bonnier Zaffre) for letting me have an advanced copy via NetGalley, I absolutely loved reading this and it’s a book I would more than happily re-read.
“Books are an escape route. A refuge. They can be a connection to a stranger, someone you’ve never met, who writes something that you hadn’t considered anyone in the world to have felt but you.”
Bookshop Girl is published on June 14th and is available to pre-order here, but if we’re friends then you will be recieving this book for your birthday, or for christmas, or a random day in a bookstore with me when I’m convincing you to buy all of the books.